Google continues to woo iOS owners over to Hangouts with new features. The software for iPhone and iPad got a redesign and enough improvements to make it better than its Android counterpart. Will you use it?
After bringing Google Talk and Messages into Hangouts, SMS and MMS may be the next functions to follow. Leaked images suggest Hangouts will gain these features, leaving only Google Voice outside the Hangouts fold…. for now.
A new app promising iMessage capabilities for Android devices has hit Google Play, but don’t download it just yet: Even if you can get it to work, it looks like the security risks far outweigh the benefits.
Did you have problems sending or receiving iMessages today? You weren’t alone, apparently. About half of iMessage users reported being unable to send messages through Apple’s app. Apple, unfortunately, isn’t a stranger to iCloud outages.
Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: Apple’s market capitalization is now the highest of any company ever, Apple responds to SMS security report, how the iPad is outgrowing the iPhone, and Apple’s moves in Russia.
Skype has acquired group messaging startup GroupMe for a rumored $85 million. The deal, while a good move on paper, isn’t going to be enough, as Skype itself is going through an identity crisis — whether it wants to be a consumer or an enterprise communications company.
Now that Facebook has thrown its hat in the ring, there are quite a few choices for mobile messaging on the iPhone and other iOS devices. The three big ones are Facebook Messenger, Google+ and iMessage. Here’s a chart comparing their features and abilities.
It’s a wonder anyone still uses traditional cellular networking voice or text services at all, given all the alternatives that pop up. But each of these services faces a critical challenge, and in my opinion, they’re all just living on borrowed time.
iOS 5 introduces a lot of changes for Apple’s mobile operating system, but iMessages is one of the most significant. It lets iPad, iPhone and iPod touch owners send rich and group messages free of charge. It’s borrows from RIM’s playbook, but also challenges network operators.